Community Cloud for Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and Big Data

A community cloud is a type of hybrid cloud that is tailored to a limited number of separate organisations with common technology concerns (or requirements). For the most part, the conversation around community clouds is centered around the government sector whereby different government departments, ministries or offices have shared national goals and common technology concerns around security, data governance and collaboration.

I’ve been thinking that another set of organisations where a community cloud may fulfill a much needed role is NGOs, charities and human rights organisations.

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How Do I Realise Private Cloud Benefits?

There are many pages, posts and platitudes devoted to hyping the benefits of deploying a private cloud within your organisation. Depending on how your IT infrastructure and business processes are currently structured and what approach you will take to deploying a public cloud, transforming into a service based organisation hosted on a private cloud can require significant investment and/or wide reaching transformation.

In this post I will write about how you can reduce the pain and the cost and ultimately run a successful cloud transformation initiative.

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Do I Need a Private Cloud to Get All the Benefits of a Cloud?

In many cases, the benefits of the cloud and the benefits of refreshing the technology in an IT department’s infrastructure are combined. Tech refresh can be implemented without going the full cloud route, and tech refresh benefits can be seen as a relatively quick win. A good example of this is virtualisation – Virtualisation is a key stage to building a private cloud but VMware has been virtualising server workloads long before the cloud became a force in IT and there are very real and measurable benefits to virtualising your infrastructure.

In this post, I’m going to try to split out the tech refresh benefits which you will gain in the early stages of your cloud journey to the cloud benefits which will be achieved further down the line as I think this is critical in understanding your cloud TCO.

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